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Did Jason Garrett play in the NFL? Which teams did he play for?

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NBC Sports analyst Jason Garrett looks on prior to the 2022 Pro Hall of Fame Game

Jason Garrett, a former offensive coordinator for the New York Giants in the NFL, is well-known for his stint as an American football head coach.

Before focusing on coaching, the former Dallas Cowboys head coach spent 12 seasons in the league as a quarterback, notably four with the Giants from 2000 to 2003. He acted as Kerry Collins' primary backup during the squad's journey to Super Bowl XXXV. He divided the 2004 season between the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, marking the end of his tenure. Garrett played 40 games during the regular season through 12 seasons, starting nine of them.

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Garrett was the first ex-Dallas Cowboys player to lead the franchise as head coach. He played with the team from 1993 to 1999 and was a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams.

Jason Garrett's journey through the NFL as a player

After the 1989 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints signed Garrett as an undrafted free agent, and he was later added to the practice team. The Saints released him in September 1990, and he served as Princeton's coaching assistant for most of the following year.

Garrett played quarterback for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991, but he tore his right shoulder in the first game of the season. After starting the sixth and seventh games, Garrett was dropped from the active roster.

With the help of his father, who worked for the Dallas Cowboys at the time as a scout, Jason was acquired as a free agent in 1992.

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He was a pivotal contributor to the Cowboys' success while he was a player, helping them win numerous games. Jason signed with the New York Giants in 2000. He committed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004, but the Miami Dolphins eventually acquired him as an free agent.

He finished his football career 2,042 yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He made his retirement known in 2004. He later became the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. After that, he served as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants until the team sacked him in 2021.

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